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Leviticus (lĬvĬt´əkəs), book of the Bible, 3d of the five books of the Law (the Pentateuch or Torah) ascribed by tradition to Moses. It is in essence a collection of liturgical legislation with special reference to regulations for the levitical priests, introduced in the canonical sequence immediately after the institution of public worship at the end of Exodus. All of Leviticus is ascribed to the so-called Priestly Source (P) of the Pentateuch. There are laws on various types of sacrifice; on the installation of the priests; on purity and impurity, including the dietary law. Also included are regulations on the jubilee year and on vows, as well as ritual and ethical codes—often termed the "Holiness Code" —not contained in Exodus. The only narrative incident of the book is the destruction of Aaron's sons Nadab and Abihu. Leviticus probably reached its final canonical shape by about the year 400 BC The later religious establishment of the post-exilic Temple is read back into the Mosaic era. The book makes the point that God's demands extend into every facet of the life of the Israelites. He has graciously consented to dwell amongst his people and has provided the levitical priests as mediators.

See J. Milgrom, Leviticus 1–16 (1991).

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Leviticus. The third book of the Hebrew Bible and Christian Old Testament. The Eng. title follows the Gk. and Lat. versions, the Heb. title Vayyiqra (‘and he called’) being the first word of the text. The book is essentially a manual for priests (the tannaim called it Torat Kohanim, ‘Guidance for Priests’). In Judaism, Leviticus is, traditionally, the first book to be taught to school-children (Lev. R. 7. 3).

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Leviticus the third book of the Bible, containing details of law and ritual; in Judaism, the Levitical rules concerning conduct and temple rituals are derived from this book. The Levitical degrees are the degrees of consanguinity within which marriage is forbidden in Leviticus 18:6–18.

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Leviticus Third book of the Pentateuch or Torah. It is primarily a manual for the instruction of priests.

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